Fighting Gout

Your body maintains a very fine balance concerning acidity, commonly known as your Ph level. 7.4 to be exact. Just to give you a sense of the sensitivity, the tolerance range is 7.36 to 7.4. Anything lower or higher and your body is imbalanced. Your body goes to extraordinary lengths to keep it in balance. If it manages to do so, you are alive or else not. It does this by making you breathe and also metabolically, which is through the foods you eat, the liquids you drink and how your body processes it.

Disease including diabetes, cancer, and gout are the fall out of your body failing to maintain balance. These disorders thrive in an acidic environment. You are not powerless and can make intelligent choices to fight back. This ability to fight includes the food choices you make. Nuts such as almonds, especially once sprouted (soaked) turn alkaline. Similarly, amaranth artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beetroot, unsweetened yogurt, blueberries, apples, oranges, pomegranate, and broccoli are alkaline. Citrus foods like lime and lemon turn alkaline when consumed. Consuming alkaline foods help keep your Ph levels in balance or even on the lower side.

Foods that are acidic include red meat, beef, turkey, saturated fats, processed foods, soda, and coffee. Sugar creates an acidic environment in your body and you are best served substituting it with natural sweetners or not consuming it at all. A diet that consists primarily of meat is similarly acidic one of the reasons you can get gout on a diet that is protein. Many people resort to supplements, especially if they are strength training on the advice of their trainers. They do this on the belief that it will help build or maintain muscle tone. Such a diet significantly increases the risk of diseases caused by a highly acidic environment in the body. What would you chose to do?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.